Thursday, February 21, 2008

Hmmm...

Well, so much for the Telly. I thought they edited out all the good bits and just showed me as a whining teacher, or even worse 'a victim'; which is certainly not what I wanted.

Still I suppose that's the viewpoint they were after, and as more experienced people have said; you get what they wish to portray, not what you want to say. I was probably naive to imagine anything else, so hey-ho.

It's pretty dumbed down TV though isn't it? I'd never seen it before.

9 comments:

Anony said...

At least they didn't forget to give your book a mention.

Anonymous said...

The BBC has its agenda and that's great for anyone who has the same message. Not so great for the rest of the population ...

If you can stand the sometimes vile anti-muslim miasma of the Biased BBC blog there are some pearls of bias to be found. Even the likes of Paxo and Andrew Marr, both Labour party members, admit the bias.

Unfortunately recently the blog has been taken over by extremists so it's a less than pleasant experience, a bit like the BBC really - how ironic.

Hungry Hippo said...

I saw you on TV or rather I saw 2 seconds of a bobble hat!

Anonymous said...

but i turned if off when you were not coming back !!

Spen said...

It's a pretty vacuous program at best. But I watched it just to see what they'd let you say, which was not much.
Still it was a good effort even if the beeb did water it down.

Anonymous said...

Yes, bit of a shame there Frank, but it was still good to "see" you on the telly. However, I think the story missed the point. What good will it be having these ex tough nut military guys teaching in schools, if they still only have the punishments and sanctions that regular teachers have at their disposal?

It's not about having people working in classrooms that can cope under pressure, or have come from a background where they wont put up with any misbehaviour. It's all very well saying I'm an ex SAS guy and I wont put up with your crap, but if all you've got to back that up with is to give the kids detentions and lines, what will all that posturing amount to? Answer, nothing.

The difference is that in the armed forces, the drill instructors there can and most definately will pick you up and slam you against a wall, and in some cases give you a nasty clip round the ear for messing around. (I know I was in the army)Those kind of physical punishments leave you in no doubt as to who is in charge, but these ex army guys wont be able to do that in schools. Do you all see what I'm getting at here?

Again it's putting a plaster over the problem instead of sorting the problem out. The only way to sort the problem of bad behaviour out in our schools, is to give teachers the right and the powers to put the fear of God into their students if need be. Bring back corpral punishment and punishments that students are actually afraid of getting because they hurt and I dare bet any money the students would soon start learning that it is the teachers who are in charge once again, not them.

Anonymous said...

Annon above me, I'm glad somebody else was thinking the same as me with that One Show story.

Granted, these ex service people are trained to cope with stressful situations, but out on the battlefield they can retaliate and use force to solve the conflicts...hmmm, don't think they'll be able to use force in a classroom.

As annon points out very well, in the army the instructors don't put up with any kind of disrespect, because they have the right and the ability to put the fear of God into the new recruits if they show any cheek. Like annon, I was also in the army and can remember when I did basic training one of my instructors slamming a recruits head against a wall for messing around (yes, I know they are not supossed to do that, but believe me it does happen.) What kind of deterants do the poor, bloody teachers have to stop kids messing around? very few

It's all very well having tough ex service people going into classrooms to try and instil some discipline, but like annon points out, if they don't have the powers to back it up then the fact that they were in the army will count for nothing!

The government needs to grow a back bone and stop pandering to the whims of these bleeding heart do gooders, give teachers back the ability to get tough with the trouble makers and once again take control of their own classrooms. I feel sorry for teachers; given the choice between being under fire or in a classroom, I'd choose a battlefield any day. At least out there I could shoot and kill the troublemakers

Anonymous said...

I get quite depressed when I hear about expupils of mine ending up in jail and in the worst case up for murder. Yet the expectation when ofsted and SLT come knocking is that behaviour will be good and it's entirely your fault if it's not. People say we need to get a 'grip' on behaviour but you need the weaponry in your armoury as a teacher to do so. I have split up fighting children before and then been told I'm not allowed to send either out the classroom. So the children in question spend the rest of the afternoon trying to kill each other and I'm powerless to do anything expect damage limitation.

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